Orya Maqbool Jan – The columnist, poet and CSS officer
Orya Maqbool Jan is a renowned columnist, poet and CSS officer from Pakistan, who writes Urdu columns for Daily Express, Pakistan. He has received numerous national awards, including the best Urdu columnist in 2004. One collection of poetry has been published.He has a Masters degree in social work from Punjab University, Lahore and L.L.B from University of Balochistan, Quetta.
He was the deputy commissioner and district magistrate of three districts for about five years and assistant commissioner and sub divisional magistrate of three sub divisions for about three years. He has contributed to various research papers including one titled “Comprehensive plan for Improvement of Quetta water Supply and Sewerage System”. He worked as a managing director of Baluchistan water & sanitation authority.
He is presently working as Director General Walled City Project in Lahore after having worked as Information Secretary to the Punjab Government.
He worked as Managing Director of Balochistan Water & Sanitation Authority; responsible for efficient Water Supply and Sewerage system in the urban centers of Balochistan. He also worked as Director, Social Welfare, Human Rights & Women Development which entailed the responsibility of monitor and facilitator of Community Development projects, Welfare of Disadvantaged, Women, Children, Poor & Disabled..
After that he worked as Director General Archaeology, Punjab, having the responsibility of managing World Heritage sites, conservation and preservation of Monuments, archaeological surveys and management of Museums and supervised the prestigious project of restoration of Sheish Mahal in collaboration with UNESCO.
He also has been teaching as Director(studies), National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA), Quetta and at Masters level in Social Work Department, University of Balochistan.
Mr. Jan worked as Executive Director, ECO, Cultural Institute Tehran, worked as Project Director and counterpart with UNICEF’s Projects on CRC (Child Right Convention) & CEDAW (Convention for elimination of Discrimination against Women). He has also been the Project Director of Sheish Mahal restoration project and Master plans of Lahore Fort and Shalamar Gardens in collaboration with UNESCO.
Mr. Jan’s collected works of Urdu Poetry named “QAMAT” published in 1988. He is the author of five popular Drama Serial of Pakistan Television named “ROAZANtelecast in 1991, “GARDBAD” telecast in 1993, “SHAHARZAD” telecast in 1994, “QAFAS” Telecast in 2000, and “Qafla” telecast in 2004 . Besides this, he wrote a number of tele-films and assorted plays. The play “GARDBAD”,published in 1997, has the honour of being nominee of Best playwright for two times. Mr. Jan received PTV award of BEST PLAYWRIGHT OF THE DECADE (1987 – 97)
Mr. Jan is a well known columnist of Daily Jang , Nawa-e-Waqat and Express all three leading Urdu dailies of wide circulation throughout Pakistan as well abroad. He is the recipient of APNS (All Pakistan News Paper Society) Best Columnist Award for Four years i.e. 2001,2002, 2003, 2004.
- Harf e Raz (Columns)
- Mujhey hey Hukme Azan (columns)
- Gard Bad (Drama)